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Kaaryn S. Gustafson
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Cheating Welfare: Public Assistance and the Criminalization of Poverty

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Over the last three decades, welfare policies have been informed by popular beliefs that welfare fraud is rampant. As a result, welfare policies have become more punitive and the boundaries between the welfare system and the criminal justice system have blurred—so much so that in some locales prosecution caseloads for welfare fraud exceed welfare caseloads. In reality, som

Unknown Binding, 227 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by New York University Press
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Lauren Hopkins
Strong book about how the 1996 welfare reforms were created with the goal of getting people from welfare into jobs but instead led to a system with a lot of problems and no solutions. The author speaks of welfare in its formation when it used to be for the good of the people rather than a way to criminalize people already on the margins of society, citing the welfare reforms as the reason for its current stigmatization with the "welfare queen" symbol, for example. Told mostly through personal in ...more
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